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Photos of Runaway Bay, Biggera Waters and HarbourTown
Runaway Bay is at the northern end of the Gold Coast, just south of Hope Island.
The main drawcard for the area is Harbour Town Shopping Centre which is one of the most famous of the Gold Coast discount and outlet shopping centres and therefore a popular destination for locals and visitors.
Harbourtown is located between Coombabah, Runaway Bay and Biggera Waters.
Runaway Bay Cinemas at Harbour Town
Here you will find outlet shopping for clothing and other goods including many worldwide brands as well as local Australian brands.
In addition, there is a large cinema and plenty of casual restaurants and dining option to make this worthy of a day trip for all the family.
The area is probably not the first place you think of to stay in the Gold Coast and it certainly doesn't have the same concentration of accommodation as the more obvious Gold Coast destinations (Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Main Beach or Coolangatta),but there are definitely some advantages of staying here.
There is a large tourist park just down the road from HarbourTown, which provides a convenient central location for the Gold Coast theme parks at Oxenford and Coomera (Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Movie World, Wet n Wild, Paradise Country and Australian Outback Spectacular).
If you want to stay nearer the water, choose Biggera Waters apartments, some of which have views of the Broadwater, our protected water playground!
Paradise Point has some great boutique cafés and restaurants and a well stocked deli (one of my faves).
Island has some of the most expensive
real estate in the Gold Coast. All properties are waterfront. Go for a
drive and check out the boats on the pontoons.
HarbourTown Outlet Shopping
on the Gold Coast
Runaway Bay Area Accommodation
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Here is a selection of accommodation options in the area including Biggera Waters and Runaway Bay and as far north as Hollywell near Paradise Point.
Accommodation in this area is mostly apartment style.
Many are called resorts because they offer facilities that can be used by the apartment such as swimming pools, spas and BBQ facilities.
Some have water views and some are landlocked so it is always wise to check the location to avoid disappointment.
The Atrium Resort is rated 4½ star and offers 1 and 2 bedroom apartments directly across the road from the Broadwater.
All apartments are airconditioned, some have spas, some have views and some have spas and views!
There is an impressive list of facilities including a rooftop pool, spa and BBQ area, plus floodlit tennis court and the fabulous Mano Restaurant underneath. Which is worth a visit regardless of whether you stay here or not.
Click here for more information on Atrium Resort in Biggera Waters.
Royal Pacific Resort is rated 4 star and offers studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments also known as Wentworth Royal Pacific Resort. Airconditioning, studio has limited facilties, outdoor pool and spa heated in winter. Also Games Room, Gym and Sauna. Directly over the road from the Broadwater on Marine Parade.
Click here for more information on Royal Pacific Resort in Biggera Waters.
Windsurfer Resort Hotel is rated 4 star and has 1 and 2 bedroom apartments situated on Marine Parade in Biggera Waters. Facilities include a heated pool and spa and agames room. All rooms have big balconies. Located on Marine Parade in Biggera Waters.
Click here for more information on Windsurfer Resort in Biggera Waters.
Treasure Island Holiday Park is rated 4 star but is somewhere that I wouldn’t normally suggest however, there is a diverse range of accommodation options from deluxe, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villas right down to very basic cabins.
The accommodation is set around the Holiday Park’s own attractions therefore it is neither waterfront nor beachfront.
It is located within walking distance of HarbourTown, which is also a hub for Gold Coast buses making it easy to use public transport to get around. It is also well positioned for access to the theme parks.
You certainly get plenty of choice for a variety of family accommodation needs and it is a popular choice so you need to book early for peak times such as school holidays. The only downside to this holiday park is that it is a bit noisy being close to a major road.
Click here for more information on Treasure Island Holiday Park in Runaway Bay.
Pelican Cove Holiday Apartments are rated 3½ star and offer 2 and 3 bedroom apartments also know as Wentworth Pelican Cove. Some apartments have airconditioning or fans. It has two pools and one is heated in winter. It appears to be good value accommodation for families. Although it doesn't have views over the Broadwater it is located on a canal... so sort of water views!
Click here for more information on Pelican Cove Apartments in Biggera Waters.
Runaway Bay, Paradise Point and Biggera Waters do not have any golf courses themselves. The closest golf courses are at Coombabah and Helensvale. Here are a selection of golf courses within a few kilometres. Check out the Gold Coast Golf Courses Map for more information about where they all are.
Resort Golf Clubs - open 7 days
Public Golf Courses
Private Golf Clubs - Members and Guests only
Semi-Private Golf Clubs - limited opportunities for non-members
Runaway Bay, Hollywell, Paradise Point and Biggera Waters have some beach frontage
to the Broadwater and some canal frontage.
Approximate travel times by motor vehicle - please note travel times can be affected by many factors including traffic hazards and roadworks. These are just an indication.
Directions for Car Travel
For directions and other information I recommend you use Google Maps Australia. This will open in a new window, select the directions tab and then type in your starting point and where you want to go. I find the format the easiest to use and follow.
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